Dolphins draft preview: WR/TE

With the 2005 NFL draft fast approaching, we take a look at the Dolphins' situation at each position along with a prediction as to what the team might do during the draft. This story looks at the wide receiver and tight end position.

After last year's dismal 4-12 showing, it's pretty obvious the Dolphins needed help at a lot of places on their roster.

But relatively speaking, the Dolphins actually find themselves in decent shape at wide receiver and tight end as the draft approaches.

That's not to say that the Dolphins automatically won't be tempted to select Michigan wideout Braylon Edwards with the second overall pick because they might be.

But all things considered, it's not a huge priority for the Dolphins.

At wide receiver, the Dolphins have two quality starters in Chris Chambers and Marty Booker, and some potential behind those two with Derrius Thompson, Bryan Gilmore and Kendall Newson.

David Boston still hasn't signed with the 49ers, but the feeling is that's where he will be playing next season.

Don't get us wrong, it's not as though the Dolphins couldn't use somebody here -- either a better No. 3 wideout or someone to challenge Booker for a starting job.

It's just that in the grand scheme of things, the Dolphins have bigger needs. Unless, of course, they get tempted by Edwards at No. 2.

At tight end, the Dolphins are fine with Randy McMichael as the starter, but Donald Lee could find his way off the roster if he repeats the mistakes he made in 2004.

The biggest priority at tight end isn't adding someone through the draft, but rather signing McMichael to a new contract and preventing him from hitting the free agent market next spring.


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